J.League 1 R2 – Nagasaki vs Sagan Preview

V-Varen Nagasaki – Sagan Tosu:

As expected Nagasaki got off to a tough start in J1 and lost their opening match 1-2 away vs Shonan.  They put up a good fight, but lost deservedly in the end. They hope to do better here vs their local rival Sagan, who managed a 1-1 draw at home vs Kobe in their first match.

This is a big match for both teams as it’s the only 2 teams from Kyushu in J1 this season, and whoever wins here will have bragging rights for at least half a year. I don’t think Sagan will be able to copy last year’s strong finishing position and can easily see them involved in the relegation-battle.  They should be the better team here, but Nagasaki will be giving 110% and will not go down easily. Think we can see a couple of goals here, and the total looks too low as it also did in Nagasaki’s 1st match.

Nagasaki Expected Starting Lineup:
32Tokunaga – 4Takasugi – 5Tagami
3Iio – 6Maeda – 15Shimada – 23Yoneda
19Sawada – 7Arano

MF Nakamura (S/R)

Team Strength:


Expected Starting Lineup Sagan:
20Gonda (I)
13Kobayashi – 5Kim – 15Jung – 23Yoshida
4Harakawa – 36H.Takahashi – 6Fukuta
7Kawano – 40Ono

GK Akahoshi (S/R)
FW Ibarbo (K)

Team Strength:


Prediction: 1-1 or 2-1

My Odds: DNB @ 1,94 / Over 2,25 @ 1,95

Market Odds: DNB @ 1,93 / Over 2 @ 1,94

Over 2 @ 1,94 (5 units)


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